R Graphics Cookbook
Practical Recipes for Visualizing Data
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2012
Pages: 416

This practical guide provides more than 150 recipes to help you generate high-quality graphs quickly, without having to comb through all the details of R’s graphing systems. Each recipe tackles a specific problem with a solution you can apply to your own project, and includes a discussion of how and why the recipe works.

Most of the recipes use the ggplot2 package, a powerful and flexible way to make graphs in R. If you have a basic understanding of the R language, you’re ready to get started.

  • Use R’s default graphics for quick exploration of data
  • Create a variety of bar graphs, line graphs, and scatter plots
  • Summarize data distributions with histograms, density curves, box plots, and other examples
  • Provide annotations to help viewers interpret data
  • Control the overall appearance of graphics
  • Render data groups alongside each other for easy comparison
  • Use colors in plots
  • Create network graphs, heat maps, and 3D scatter plots
  • Structure data for graphing
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4.4

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  • Easy to understand (19)
  • Concise (17)
  • Well-written (15)
  • Accurate (14)

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    5.0

    Very practical with clear examples

    By Christian

    from California

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    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

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      Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

      It is very useful. It includes a great variety of ggplot2 examples.
      In particular I like the approach of giving a simple example first with qplot and then a more detailed one with ggplot.

      Also the chapters are nicely organized. It is very easy to find a reference plot when you need it.

      It would be nice if in the next version ggvis is included.

       
      4.0

      Tasty

      By Venetian Red

      from Manchester, UK

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      • Concise
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

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          Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

          One should take my review with a grain of salt, as I've not explored the book extensively. Instead, I used it like a cookbook - leafing through, looking at the pictures, and trying to find recipes that could adorn analyses that I've been working on. And at this level, the book has been a big success: I've found a number of nice presentations that really improved my ability to communicate my results stylishly and with a minimum of extra effort.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Missing advanced features

          By Tom

          from Belgium

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            • Too basic

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              Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

              I was expecting more detailed explanations in a lot of areas, it actually does not add a lot of value versus standaard google searches

               
              5.0

              Makes ggplot usable

              By peter2108

              from Wakefield, UK

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              • Easy to understand
              • Helpful examples
              • Well-written

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                • Intermediate

                Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

                The book is about ggplot mostly. ggplot is a great system but a pig to try and learn. This book helps a lot, for me taking ggplot into the domain of the usable. I am very happy with it. There is stuff on basic graphics as well but sparse and anyway not really needed

                 
                5.0

                Great book with lots of examples!

                By Orlando Mezquita

                from Puerto Rico

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                • Accurate
                • Concise
                • Easy to understand
                • Helpful examples
                • Well-written

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                  • Intermediate
                  • Novice

                  Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

                  This book is very easy to follow. Instead of general recipes of how to use the different features of ggplot2, it has lots of specific examples.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Exemplary cookbook! (ggplot only)

                  By Charles Brewer

                  from UK

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                  Pros

                  • Clear
                  • Comprehensive
                  • Helpful examples
                  • Well-structured

                  Cons

                  • None

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                  Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

                  R Graphics Cookbook is a well-aimed, well-structured set of examples of use of the R ggplot2 package. It makes use of the Grammar of Graphics approach which is embedded in the product without burdening the reader with too much theory.

                  Winston Chang has chosen what for me is a first class set of examples which go for maximum simplicity - no trying to remember what happens inside double square parentheses if the parameter dtring begins with just a comma!), and most lots and lots of graphics to show just how things are achieved.

                  It is almost a book to be flicked through until you find the kind of graphic you want, and then see how to create it.

                  Most intelligently, Chang has also included a chapter of data transformation techniques, including my favourite - reshape (which could have had a chapter on its own).

                  The book is so clear that I have now pretty much abandoned using Excel for graphics (I have been fighting this horrible piece of software for over 20 years and I still can't find any sense or logic to its structure), and I am using R to create and manipulate graphics which I could never have done before.

                  There are just two improvements I can think of:

                  1) A couple of tables (maybe even a pull out 'n' stick on the wall chart) showing the hierarchical structure of ggplot: setting out all of the geoms, scales, stats, themes stating what the various components do and cross referencing to examples
                  2) A recipe showing how to order columns in a dodged barchart to the order I want, not the default (as I found out on the internet, is involves using factor(). I have had to do this several times.

                   
                  5.0

                  This is a must-have if you are into R

                  By SpeedyEddie

                  from Singapore

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                  • Concise
                  • Easy to understand
                  • Helpful examples
                  • Well-written

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                    • Expert
                    • Intermediate

                    Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

                    There is a treasure trove here! Lot's of nice diagrams that make data visualization possible. Thanks to R and thanks to Winston Chang.

                    To author Winston: You rock, dude!

                     
                    4.0

                    A very useful tool book

                    By Joseph

                    from Dallas, TX

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                    • Concise
                    • Easy to understand
                    • Helpful examples

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                      • Expert
                      • Intermediate

                      Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

                      This is a very useful tool book. It shows new and very complete techniques of using ggplot2. I find it to be very helpful than the original book of ggplot2.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      ggplot2 Graphics Cookbook

                      By bduncan

                      from Toronto, ON, Canada

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                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Concise
                      • Helpful examples

                      Cons

                      • Not comprehensive enough

                      Best Uses

                      • Companion

                      Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

                      It makes a good companion to the "R in a Nutshell" book, but don't look for any recipes for Lattice graphics in here for example; not even a mention. It's pretty much all about ggplot2 and not much else.

                      It also doesn't dive deeply into the strange (for me) syntax of ggplot2. This books is really about some recipes and, if you're looking for some specifics that are covered, this works well. If you're new to R, then you will also want to pick up some other books to read as well..

                       
                      4.0

                      A good place to start

                      By Crooch

                      from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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                      • Easy to understand
                      • Well-written

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                        Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

                        The other reviewers cover the merits of this book quite well. For me this book was a welcome change to most of the other R books. I have found that learning R has so far been a tedious and difficult journey. This book has made R feel much more accessable to me and of course it covers one of R's nicest spin-offs. At the very least this book is a very good reference.

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